This article comes from Byrdie.
When you spend the time and/or money getting (or giving yourself) a blowout, you want it to last. But, since we’re not all professional hairstylists, that often becomes more of a wish than a reality. Curious how to keep your hair straight or curly overnight after a blowout? Keep reading to discover their nine tried-and-true voluminous hair hacks, below.
You’ll want to start with a really good wash, use a clarifying shampoo to get your hair very clean. After you’ve adequately cleansed and conditioned your hair, apply a high-quality leave-in conditioner. After conditioning, apply a very small amount of styling cream to speed up blow-drying time and pump up the smooth, head-turning shine. Also, be sure to add a heat protectant to your routine before getting hands-on with any hot tools.
Once you’ve protected your tresses, it’s time to divide them. As much as you may believe that four sections is enough to bring a blowout to life, eight will be the sweet spot. Dividing your hair into eight sections divided equally around the head—the key is to work in small zones and to use a round-brush that will allow you to create enough tension to give hair a smooth and polished look as you dry each section.
As far as how to style your blowout, you have options. Velcro rollers for old-fashioned volume, and a round brush.
If you’re someone who naturally gets very oily roots very quickly post-shower, lightly apply dry shampoo before you actually need it gravely. This will absorb unwanted moisture and impurities that can way down your hair and wreak havoc on your hairstyle. Just remember: Less is more. No need to cover a freshly-blown out head of hair in dry shampoo.
If you don’t trust yourself to not roll around in your sleep, opting for the hair-over-the-pillow method might not be the best option for you. Sleeping on a silk pillowcase will help keep your blowout looking freshly styled. That’s because the ultra-smooth finish of the pillowcase won’t inadvertently snag the structure of your hair, so you’ll be able to maintain smoothness and shine without worrying about waking up to frizz come morning.
Following a fantastic blowout, you might be afraid to introduce any sort of wet mist to your mane—and, hey, we get it. That said if you have bangs or your hair’s begun to fall a touch flat, reaching for a restyling spray could help. These sprays are designed to nourish and revive hair. They’re particularly great for folks who feel like they can never get their dry shampoo to blend in quite right. By spritzing hair with a restyling spray before a spritz of dry shampoo, you can style your hair with a brush and blowdryer to make it look fresh out of the salon once more.
Following a blowout, finish the look with a dry texture finishing spray to give it a little hold and a lot of style. Steer clear of products for a couple of days before reintroducing the texture hero back into your hair care routine.
Extending the life of your blowout goes beyond knowing which haircare products to use. It’s also important to know how to sleep on your blowout without messing it up. One such way is to sleep with your hair pulled up over the pillow. Snoozing this way will prevent you from rolling over on your volume and curls, hopefully protecting it from deflating overnight.
No time to run out and buy a new silk pillowcase? Or perhaps you don’t like the sleek feel? Whatever the case may be, another option is to pull your hair into the highest ponytail possible and to gently tie it at the roots (preferably with a silk hair tie or other non-crimping option) before twisting it into a topknot. This way you won’t have a kink (at least not in your hair) come morning.
Last but not least—and, quite honestly, it should probably be mentioned before you even step out of the salon—don’t touch your hair. Your hands are covered in dirt, bacteria, and natural oils that can quickly take hair from fab to drab. So, as stunning as your locks look all blown out, do your best to keep your hands off.
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